Inverted nipples fold inward instead of pointing out. Women with inverted nipples may have a hard time getting started with breast-feeding. A breast-feeding baby latches on more easily to a nipple when it is erect.
To find out whether you have flat or inverted nipples:
Special techniques and breast shells sometimes are recommended to prepare inverted nipples for breast-feeding. But how well they work is questionable. Inverted nipples may naturally become more erect after the birth of your baby. Your health professional or a lactation consultant is usually able to help you and your baby start breast-feeding if your nipples stay inverted. In some cases, he or she may recommend using a nipple shield.
Regardless of whether you plan to breast-feed, call your health professional if you notice that your nipples have changed from looking erect to being inverted.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Mary Robbins, RNC, IBCLC - Lactation Consultant|
|Last Revised||April 3, 2013|
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